A Midsummer Night's Dream

By Ben J, Logan T, Lauren F, and Jessica B

Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 180-212; Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 140-182

Character Analysis

Puck: The character puck is fairy who is under the authority of Oberon. He likes to play jokes on other characters and at times makes humorous mistakes. Also, he is the main culprit in the love triangle scene because he makes a mistake on who's eyes to put the magic love potion in. He faces the conflict of pleasing his master, Oberon, by completing the task(s) he asks him to do.


Oberon: Oberon is the king of fairies and is the mastermind behind the love triangle plot. He deals with the conflict of love between the characters in the story.


Lysander: Lysander is a young, man who is in love with Hermia. Lysander loves Hermia but is unable to marry her since her father, Eugeus, wants her to marry Demetrius. He faces a conflict that deals with disobeying Hermia's father's wishes for her marriage.


Hermia: Hermia is in love with Lysander and he loves her as well. Also, she is pressured by her father to marry Demetrius, but she does not love him. She faces conflict with her father because the person she loves is not the one he wants her to marry.


Helena: Helena is in love with Demetrius, but he does not love her back. He, however, loves Hermia. She is faced with intrapersonal and interpersonal conflict because she is mad with herself because she is not loved by Demetrius and she feels that it is because of her appearance. Also, she faces interpersonal conflict because she is mad at Hermia since Demetrius loves her.

Summaries for Act 1 and Act 2

Act 1: In our scene, Helena is jealous that Hermia is loved by both Demetrius and Lysander. Also, Helena is depressed and sad because the more she loves Demetrius, the more he hates her.


Act 2: In the next act, Oberon is telling puck to go fetch a magical flower. Then, when he gets the flower he must put the juice of it in Titania's eye. Once Titania awakes with the juice in her eyes, she will fall in love with the first person she sees.

Most Important Quotation

"The more I love, the more he hateth me." MND I.i. 199


In other words, this line states that the more Helena loves Lysander, the more he drifts away from her. This quotation is the most important in our scene because it really shows the "drama" of the scene in an effective way. The love triangle plot is shown because it proves that Helena loves Lysander but he actually loves Hermia instead. This helps to convey Helena's loneliness and sadness about her love life.

Theme

Sometimes what others want for you may not be the best for you.


In line MND I.i. 194, "I frown upon him, yet he loves me still," Hermia is stating that Demetrius is in love with her because her dad wants them to get married. Hermia, however, loves Lysander instead, which shows that her dad's wish for her may not always be what she wants or needs in a spouse.